Grandmother breaks record for largest Christmas bauble collection

She’ll need a big tree! Grandmother breaks world record for largest Christmas bauble collection after gathering 1,760 from around the globe

  • Sylvia Pope, 78, spends more than three months hanging 1,760 baubles
  • ‘Nana Baubles’ has the world’s largest collection of the festive ornaments 
  • She hopes to have 2,000 of them up by 2022 and will take them down in March 

Most of us can get our Christmas decorations up in an hour or two.

But with 1,760 baubles to hang from her ceiling, it takes Sylvia Pope, 78, more than three months.

Now the Swansea grandmother known as Nana Baubles has set the record for the world’s largest collection of the festive ornaments.

Despite being recognised by Guinness World Records, she’s not resting on her laurels – and hopes to have 2,000 up by the new year.

Mrs Pope, who has been collecting baubles from around the world for years, begins hanging them up in September and takes them down in March – although one year she left them up for the full 12 months.

Most of us can get our Christmas decorations up in an hour or two. But with 1,760 baubles to hang from her ceiling, it takes Sylvia Pope, 78, more than three months.

Despite being recognised by Guinness World Records, Pope is not resting on her laurels – and hopes to have 2,000 baubles up by the new year (pictured: a Heineken-themed bauble)

Her favourite is an £82 Royal Doulton bauble marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

‘It is exciting to see all the different types you can buy,’ said Mrs Pope, who turns 79 on Boxing Day.

Craig Glenday, editor in chief of Guinness World Records, said: ‘Nana Baubles clearly has an infectious passion for Christmas and it’s wonderful to be able to share her joy.’

Meanwhile, Adam Wide, from Hastings, has landed the title for the largest collection of Christmas brooches.

The 68-year-old, who currently lives in Berlin, Germany, has been building his 7,929-strong collection of brooches since 1984.

He said his ‘obsession’ started by accident when he came across a ‘beautiful brooch’ when browsing at a Christmas market.

Since then his hobby is now worth a whopping £350,000 – with his most valuable being a plique-a-jour brooch made of platinum, diamonds, and rubies.

Brooches have been a fashion staple since the Victorian era and Mr Wide’s collection catalogues works from every decade since.

‘One of the great things about collecting brooches is that it is accessible to everyone,’ said Mr Wide.

‘You can start off as I did, buying just a small brooch in Copenhagen and before you know it you have over 8,000.

‘As soon as I started collecting, I was obsessed – it is fascinating.’

Mrs Pope and Mr Wide’s collections join historical festive-themed records including the longest wish list to Santa, consisting of 124,969 wishes in 2017, and the largest Christmas snowflake ornament measuring 3.2m (10ft) in 2019.

‘We all need a bit of yuletide cheer right now, and records like these really put a smile on your face,’ said Glenday. 

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